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Aunty Betty Wins Birthday Card Stakes
Multiple Gr1-winning former Newhaven Park sire Encounter (Tierce-Fancy Babe, by Sharpen Up) added a group success when 4YO mare Aunty Betty (Encounter-What's The Buzz, by Brocco) scored by a long-neck in the $100,000 Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) for fillies & mares at Rosehill. Aunty Betty (ridden by Kathy O'Hara for trainer Alan Stapleford) defeated 3YO filly Absolutelyfabulous (Langfuhr-Joker's Girl, by Rory's Jester) & fellow 4YO mare Martiniforus (Fuji Kiseki-Palace Fashion, by Palace Music). Aunty Betty now has 6 wins & 4 placings (including last start's Listed Wenona Girl Handicap over 1200m at Randwick on March 10) from 16 starts for $167,350 earnings. Her sire Encounter was champion 2YO & an 11-time-winner (including the Gr1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes, Gr1 Champagne Stakes, Gr1 Futurity Stakes, Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, Gr1 George Main Stakes & Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes, plus a nose 2nd in the Gr1 Golden Slipper) who won over $2 million & was sent in 2003 to Huajan Stud in China.